Other music... *gasp*

I know that many of us spend considerable amounts of time listening to JoCo's brilliant songs, but I'm curious about what everyone is listening to the rest of the time.

I personally listen to a lot of music, from within most genres. The musicians I am most into (although this changes all the time) are: Badly Drawn Boy, Rilo Kiley, Regina Spektor, Tori Amos, Scissor Sisters, Neko Case, David Bowie, Rufus Wainwright, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Neutral Milk Hotel, The Decemberists, Elliott Smith, Neil Young, The Dresden Dolls, Bjork. There are many more than that... I listen to A LOT of music.

What about you? What other musicians/genres do you enjoy?
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  • I don't really listen to music because I haven't really found anyone that I really like. Because I'm extraordinarily picky, I guess. I mean, I tolerate almost all music, but there's not much I'll actively seek out and listen to.

    I like the Capitol Steps, but I don't know if they count as real music.
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    Arcade Fire has been beating my eardrums for a spell now. A-a-a-a-mazing.
  • I LOVE Arcade Fire. How's the new album? I haven't heard it yet.

    And I would call the Capitol Steps music. I love them too.
  • You said it Bass - "Eclectic" is a perfect description for my tastes.

    I like most things outside of these three Genre's

    Country
    Rap
    'Love Ballads'

    And even then there are some from those genre's I can get into - just 90% of them are like poison to my ears :D
  • My all time favorite band is still Oingo Boingo. A band that formed from the theatrical group Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo. Always musically interesting, mostly lyrically interesting. Not outright funny but quirky fun, even about dark subjects. Their cover of "You Really Got Me" is the ultimate cover song. They definately made it their own but it's still recognizable.
    Todd Rundgren (always way ahead of the rest), Devo, Blancmange, Jellyfish, Cocteau Twins, Agent Orange, Smithereens, Dream academy, Level 42, Bryn Terfel. Pretty much anything but country music, unless it's from another country.
  • I have been told that my taste in music might be referred to as "Eclectic." I really, really love a wide variety of music. If I'm not listening to podcasts, I have music on.

    My favorite artists include: The Beatles, Chuck Berry, Black Sabbath, mc chris, They Might Be Giants, Judy Garland, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Queen, Corinne Bailey Rae, Dean Martin, Harry Connick Jr., and The Jimi Hendrix Experience.
  • I've been told that my taste is eclectic too, although I can see the common threads in most of what I listen to. I like much of the music that has been mentioned here so far.
  • One of the odd common threads connecting Oingo Boingo, Devo and Todd Rundgren is that they all did music for Pee Wee Herman. Well Danny Elfman and Mark Mothersbaugh and Todd.
  • I love Mark Mothersbaugh! His film music is incredible. And Devo = brilliant. Oingo Boingo, also fabulous. I was not aware of that connection though.

    Isn't Todd Rundgren fronting the Cars now?
  • Pee Wee's Playhouse. LOVED. It.
  • I tolerate most music. I like quite a bit. Random listing of bands I like:

    They Might Be Giants, The Monkees, The Mountain Goats, The Pixies, Darkest of the Hillside Thickets, Love, The Bags, The Zombies, Army of the Pharoahs, The Beta Band, Oingo Boingo, Faith No More, Mr. Bungle, Chimaria, The Dead Milkmen, Dire Straits, Flaming Lips, Flogging Molly, Hawkwind, Hendrix, Lightning Bolt, moe., Motorhead, Pink Floyd, Supersister (old prog band from the 70s), Talking Heads, Tom Waits.

    That barely scratches the surface, but it'll do.
  • I've just been getting into The Mountain Goats. Any recommendations, Sindex?
  • As far as albums you mean?

    First off, I'd do a little research on John Darnielle himself until you learn a little bit about the Alpha Couple. The songs with "Alpha" in them are all about this couple and their bittersweet, addictive, unhealthy, obsessive, beautiful malicious relationship. Or accept what I've just said, and get the album "Tallahassee," which despite only having one "Alpha-"entitled song is in fact entirely about them and is absolutely gorgeous. The greatest breakup song of all time, "No Children" is from this album.

    "We Shall All Be Healed" is another solid effort and is worth looking into, also themed, this time around Meth addiction. "The Sunset Tree" is a very different sound for Darnielle/The Mountain Goats to go for and is largely autobiographical, but I personally thought it really worked well.

    Those are the easily accessible albums, and usually the only ones you'll find online/in stores. I've heard other stuff from friends back when he was still just recording into a tape recorder, and some of that is great, although I couldn't tell you what albums they were.

    All of the "Going to...." songs are interesting bits of dark Americana about, well, going to (or needing to get out of) some place.

    Darnielle is a brilliant musician and lyricist, and his dark themes are often contrasted by hauntingly beautiful melodies and spritely rhythms. I think you'll enjoy them, if you're into that kind of thing.
  • I just realized how annoyingly analytical I sound above. Sorry. lol....
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    Arcade Fire, Bobby Bare Jr., Loudon Wainwright III, The Clash, Old 97's
    In addition to Sindex's superb list above, which could have been cut/pasted from my iTunes, these are a few I would include. Although, as is the case with Sindex, this only scratches the surface.
    And Pink Floyd...no offense to David Gilmore... but anything after Roger Waters left just isn't Floyd to me. Someone probably said the same thing when Syd Barrett went nuts, but in my humble opinion, any self respecting former keg party attendee would agree.
    Regardless, Mountain Goats CDs ordered and on the way as I type. Thanks for the knowledge.
  • edited March 2007
    Oh, and by all means, Wilco
    Nothing could be more unpredictable than listening to a new Wilco record.
    And live? Simply the best.
    By the way, this is my favorite topic in the forums. Adding fuel to the obsessive fire that some day I will hear every note of music ever recorded. With the help of my yet to be invented Time-Stopper, of course.
    Job? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
  • Grateful Dead, the Clash, Neil Young, Lou Reed, Talking Heads, pre-1983 Billy Joel, Steely Dan, the Pogues, Tom Petty, Pink Floyd, Tanya Savory, Robert Earl Keen, John Hiatt, John Prine, Elvis Costello, Jethro Tull, Black Sabbath, Supertramp, Rolling Stones, REM, Camper Van Beethoven, Richard Thompson, Todd Snider, Nickel Creek, Little Feat, the Ramones, the Beatles, Greg Brown, Southern Culture on the Skids, CSN, String Cheese Incident, Sleater Kinney, the Breeders, Jawbox, Skankin' Pickle, Primus, Violent Femmes, the Gun Club, Habib Koite, the B-52s, Van Morrison, Captain Beefheart, Keith Jarrett, Poi Dog Pondering, Joan Armatrading, Joni Mitchell, Louis Prima, Louis Jordan, Billy Bragg, Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Who, the Police, Parliament Funkadelic, and so forth.
  • Other music? It's too much to list here. Luckily, I don't have to list it all here... I use last.fm, which tracks damn near every song I listen to (I don't have it on my MP3 player) and when it gets played and how many times I listen to it, etc. And then it makes charts like songs of the week and favorite songs of all time and favorite artists, etc.

    If you're interested, go check it out at http://www.last.fm/user/C4bl3Fl4m3/ Oh, and sign up for it too. It's all Open Source (the code equivalent of Creative Commons) and there's no spyware or anything involved.

    Oh, and, uh, join the JoCo group on there. And I'm not just saying that 'cause I'm the founder of it. Nope. Nosiree.

    Or, just look below for my top tracks and top artists:
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    (oh, and uh, note that the emphasis on TMBG was because at one point, I had almost the entire discography of TMBG on the computer that I listen to music the most on, but I had little other tracks. Therefore I listened to almost all TMBG at that point. Yeah.)
  • http://www.last.fm/user/sinisterdexter/ will give you an idea of the music I'm currently listening to, although much of my music isn't on my computer anymore due to a crappy hard drive. I'm working on fixing that now.

    And dude... I totally have you beat on the TMBG. Probably most other people too, because apparently I'm insane. lol.
  • Oh, the TMBG thing wasn't intentional. I had just started a new job and brought some CDs with MP3s into work with me and copied all the data over. And one of those CDs had almost their entire discography. At that point in time, the amount of TMBG on my computer was more than the amount of everything else combined. (It was actually a little annoying.)

    It took me a while, but now my collection is more balanced. Well, sorta. Now I have WAY too much Christmas music on here.
  • Sindex: Wow... your tastes apparently are extremely similar to mine. In fact, we share quite a few of the same neighbors.

    BTW, you should join our JoCo group. I mean, all the cool kids are doing it. And by cool, I mean geeky. ;-)

    The funny thing is about the top songs is that it doesn't really reflect my overall tastes. The songs on the top are there from when I get obsessed with a song and listen to it like 30 or 40 times in a day or 3. Like the Josh Groban song Lullaby just got up there after going to his concert on Tuesday night (that's right, last Tuesday) and becoming completely enamored with the song and listening to it 41 times over 3 days. (However, I still wish I could get the live version of it. Instead of having other singers do the harmony with him on it, he uses a vocoder and replicates his voice like 4 or 5 times and it's just the tiniest bit electronic sounding, which I think makes it so much more haunting and beautiful.)
  • c4bl3fl4m3 - I actually tried to friend you on last.fm a couple weeks ago. I found your page from the JoCo group.
  • Probably should have linked to that...

    My last.fm Page!
  • About the friending thing... I only add people as my friends on Last.fm that I know personally. This way, it more accurately reflects the music of the friends in my life (who happen to have divergent musical tastes than mine) instead of being a bunch of the same because I friended people who have similar musical tastes. I'd rather have the accuracy and diversity.
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    I do the same thing.. get all obsessive on a song and then it's in my top played. Or if I'm trying to figure out how to play something, it looks like I'm listening to something 30 times a day, but really I'm not. lol... oh well. It's not a perfect technology, but it's good and fun. Also, my roommate plays music on my computer, so it reflects a little bit of his tastes (although we largely listen to the same stuff).

    I'll be joining the JoCo group and attempting to friend you, c4bl3flam3.
  • c4bl3fl4m3 - I completely understand that. I only friend people that I've spoken with off and on (on Live Journal, other message boards, or in person). I don't friend neighbors and I don't go looking through random journals friending people with similar artists as a general rule. I totally understand.
  • Sindex: Please don't take offense at this, but please don't try to friend me on Last.FM. See the post I made above about friending people that I don't know personally.

    But totally join the JoCo group! :-D
  • Yeah, I joined the JoCo group, and didn't actually bother to try and friend you. I only read that post after saying I'd look you up, so I learned a little late.

    np.. no offense taken.
  • I'm bumping this very very old thread mainly because... We have newer members who haven't seen it and I'm always interested in knowing what folks are listening to. I'm constantly searching for new (or new to me) music and talking about music.

    So... Beyond JoCo, what do you listen to?
    What are you listening to (if anything) at this moment? (It's JoCo, isn't it...)

    I'm listening to The Apples In Stereo, myself.
  • I'm a fan of The Divine Comedy, Tom Lehrer and then I find dribs and drabs somehow.
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